By Heather Legg
Sneezing, sniffling, it’s so common these days with spring in full swing. Some people like to keep abreast of the pollen count to know what to expect, others take it for what it is and know it’s out of their hands and just go with it, popping their allergy meds as needed. For those interested, here are some sites where you can not only get pollen information, but the pollen counts and forecasts for your area:
• www.pollen.com – Pollen.com provides allergy information and weather forecasts you can use every day. You can sign up to receive pollen alerts when the pollen count reaches the moderate level in your area. You can find information about terminology in the pollen library and check out the last 30 days in a given area on the pollen history page. You’ve also got a FAQ page with answers to questions regarding pollen count methodology and what is included in a pollen count. The home page also lists the worst and best cities of the day.
• www.weather.com – You can check the pollen count and forecast for cities and zip codes and also learn about allergy tips and advice, pollen hot spots and natural allergy relief. The pollen count by city gives you the most active pollen types, for instance, it lists the reported tree, grass or weeds in particular that are highest at a given time, and a four day pollen forecast (ugh we’ve got a “very high” count coming up).
• www.webmd.com/allergies – Provides a national map with overall pollen counts and you can find your zip code and get a reading with overall, grass, weed, tree and mold counts. Also provides information regarding allergy overview, tips and treatment.
Some of the medical sites like Zyrtec provide information on pollen, but on some of them, you need to register. You can look at your local weather or news station to get this information as well, particular for your area. You can even find apps for your iTouch or iPhone to keep you abreast of pollen counts.
Again, sometimes people just take their medicine regardless of the count and go about their business. Others need to stay attuned and modify their routines if the pollen gets to a certain level. Do what works best for you, stay healthy!